Stallholders thankful Hahei Market Day went ahead

11 Jan 2022

Stallholders thankful Hahei Market Day went ahead


The annual Hahei Market Day was, as predicted, a hit among locals and holidaymakers alike as they flocked to the Kotare Reserve on Thursday last week to mill about the collection of stalls in the hope of scoring a few neat and one-of-a-kind crafts or other products.

It was also a great opportunity to support the Hahei Library, as the Market Day acts as a fundraiser each year for the library as well as a few other worthy community causes.

Made up mostly of local arts, crafts and produce, the Market Day was an obvious fan favourite. The food and drinks on offer were a winner and the browsers were spoilt for choice. Options ranged from smoothies to battle the hot summer’s day to the well-known locally made lángos.

Many of the stallholders commented that the market had been very successful sales-wise as swarms of customers caused several of the stalls to run out of stock. 

Kyle Dunkle, local entrepreneur and owner of Uncle Dunkle’s Wood-fired Chili Sauces, said, “Many businessowners relied on the Hahei Market Day alone to support themselves for the next few months, so I’m really stoked with the turnout of today and that everyone seemed to do really well. Usually there’s a few more markets this time of year, but unfortunately all but this one had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions. So sadly, these businesses are not making as much as they could have done which is a bit of a bummer, especially considering the markets are set up to support schools and charities too. However, I’m really glad we were even able to attend this market despite the other market days being cancelled, so I would just like to say a massive thank you to the organisers for managing to put this together for us.”


Pictured in the photo on the left is Kyle Duncle at his stall on Thursday. In the photo on the right are Whitianga sisters, Ashley (left) and Jade Toma, enjoying themselves at the Hahei Market Day.